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  1. What power supply should I buy?

    Yeah, I bought the DC-DC converter option because I didn't know if I needed it. Is it valuable to have, or should I just remove it and use 5V from the computer power supply like you mentioned?
  2. What power supply should I buy?

    UncleSash hooked me up with an awesome Pin2DMD, however I have some questions around the power. This will be going into a virtual pinball cabinet. I plan to just provide the Pin2DMD with its own dedicated power supply since they are relatively inexpensive. He recommended a 24V power supply. I'm not saying that is wrong, but I am reading elsewhere that people are using smaller than that. I really don't care if it is 12V or 24V, just looking for best options. I found a 24V 1A 24Watt power supply, and a 24V 1A 48Watt power supply for around $10 each new. Is that enough amperage? Should I be looking at something completely different? Sorry for the noob questions. I see where everything goes based off of the photos that were sent to me of my unit, but just need to iron out this power question. I just want to do it right the first time. Thanks all.
  3. Kind of an odd question, but I am just getting the displays this week (thanks to some Black Friday savings), and have the whole build in front of me yet. Due to financial limits put on me by my accountant (wife), I need to spread out the spending a bit. So I need to build the cabinet first with the monitors and Pin2DMD, then wait until after Christmas before buying the PC and getting it all set up, and then sometime in spring or early summer, add the DOF toys. What should I account for now in the build from an electronics perspective that will be useful when I get to the DOF stage later on? Basically, I don't want to have to "re-do" or "re-buy" something for DOF because I didn't account for it now. Looking at the standard bits: LED matrix instead of the RGB flasher/strobe "bar" above the rear of the playfield Addressable LED "strips" on the right and left sides of the playfield. 10 contactor setup Knocker Shaker motor wiper motor Undercabinet lighting I'm not looking for a full "how to" as there are threads and discussions about that already out there, but maybe just a quick "account for *this* now" kind of thing. Thanks.
  4. Virtual Pinball Cab 46" / 27" / Dmd

    Looks very nice. MDF is super heavy stuff. I made my 2nd 4 player MAME cabinet out of it, and dang, it is massively heavy. Must be nice to have a CNC at your disposal....
  5. How well would an i5-4570 quad core 3.2GHz CPU with 8GB RAM be good enough to run all of the main systems at full resolution and frame rate? I know that a LOT of this will rely on the graphics card, but I am trying to work on the base computer specs and have access to a computer with the above mentioned CPU and RAM (and 240GB SSD) for next to nothing. That said, if it isn't powerful enough of a base computer, I will scrap the idea and build from the ground up. Thanks.